Do Americans who voted for Donald Trump now regret their votes less than one month after the history making and shocking 2016 Presidential election? A new online site with the title Trumpgrets, which can be found on the blogging platform Tumblr, appeared last week to provide evidence that at least some of them are are already having serious second thoughts about casting their vote for Trump on November 8.
The Trumpgrets Tumblr has also been accompanied by a Twitter #Trumpgrets hashtag as well.
To check out the Trumpgrets Tumblr site, click on this link.
But why would Trump voters regret voting for the New York real estate tycoon and reality TV star? The answer is likely in Trump’s apparent backtracking on several of his top campaign promises, such as his pledge to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her alleged misuse of a private email server. “Lock her up!” was a frequently heard chant among Trump supporters, including at the Republican National Convention when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie led the delegates in a “lock her up” chant.
But shortly after the election, Trump announced that he had no intention of going after Clinton legally, even saying that he did not want to “hurt her,” although that clearly is what his supporters expected he would do.
But of equal disappointment to some Trump supporters have been Trump’s picks of cabinet members that appear to contradict his promises to serve the interests of middle and working class Americans. For example, on the campaign trail, Trump denounced his Republican primary foe Ted Cruz, as well as Clinton, for their supposed connections to the Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs; the institution that became a symbol of the 2008 financial collapse.
But Trump has now named longtime Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin as his pick for Secretary of the Treasury and also said that this week that he is considering the current president of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn, to head up the Office of Management and Budget.
In addition, large numbers of Trump’s middle and lower-income voters, senior citizens, in particular, rely on the government-run health insurance program Medicare for their health coverage. As a candidate, Trump broke from other Republicans by vowing to keep Medicare intact, rather than turn it over to the private sector as congressional Republicans such as House Speaker Paul Ryan have long advocated.
“I’m not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican, and I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid,” Trump said during the campaign, even adding a section of his campaign website titled “Why Donald Trump Won’t Touch Your Entitlements.”
But then Trump named as his prospective Secretary of Health and Human Services Georgia Congressional rep Tom Price, who is an outspoken proponent of dismantling the Medicare system, and instead, offering seniors “premium support” in the form of subsidies to help them buy private health care plans with no guarantees of what those private plans would cover or whether the “support” would be adequate to pay for the private insurance.
Even Trump himself seems surprised that his supporters believed his campaign promises. Earlier this week, he said that when he promised to prevent the Indiana manufacturing firm Carrier from relocating its operations to Mexico, he didn’t really mean it.
“That was a euphemism,” Trump said on Thursday, after making a deal for Carrier to keep some jobs in Indiana in exchange for a whopping $7 million tax break. “I was talking about Carrier like all other companies from here on in because they made the decision a year and a half ago.”
Do you regret voting for Trump? Take a look at the Trumpgrets site at the link above to see why others feel the same.
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